KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Stanford graduate transfer quarterback Keller Chryst left the Tennessee campus after his visit saying good things about the Vols.
“I hung out with some of the guys and I liked them and could tell they were hungry to win,” Chryst told VolQuest.com. “Hopefully I can make my decision soon so Its best for all parties. It’s too soon to rank (the schools) comparatively but i really liked what they have to offer.”
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt has made it clear the Vols are in search of a graduate transfer quarterback that can run a pro style attack.
The 6-foot-5, 234-pound Chryst certain fits the bill with his 11-2 record as a starting quarterback and 19 to 6 touchdown to interception ratio.
Chryst’s strong arm, stature and field vision would make him the immediate favorite to win the Tennessee starting job should he decide to transfer to Knoxville in June.
Vols offensive coordinator Ty Helton said Tennessee will throw the ball downfield often this season, making sure defenses don’t take anything for granted.
The Vols return only two scholarship quarterbacks, sophomores Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride.
Both were recruited as dual-threat quarterbacks to play in the uptempo spread offense utilized by former coach Butch Jones.
Senior quarterback Quinten Dormady announced in January that he was transferring out of the Tennessee program.
The move came as somewhat of a surprise, as Dormady had the size and arm strength to play in a pro style system.
Chryst told Volquest.com reporter Austin Price he’s impressed with the Tennessee football mindset.
“I learned that they are a no-nonsense type of program that knows what it takes to win games, as the coaching staffs resume speaks for itself,” Chryst said.
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